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Feb. 7th's Leonard Peltier Pictures (Tacoma)

The 'Free Leonard' march appears in the distance on Puyallup Ave and ancestral lands. They come into view, followed by a shiny and flashy police escort. Drumming, chanting, they are a small group, but packed as much spirit and power as any WTO/IMF/WB ever has, and without tear gas!
Whole group
Whole group
Sovereignty
Sovereignty
Propaganda
Propaganda
Turbulent clouds for turbulent issues
Turbulent clouds for turbulent issues
At the courthouse
At the courthouse
The dancers
The dancers
Culture is/in the present
Culture is/in the present
Tall Youngster
Tall Youngster
Experience this!
Experience this!
Together
Together
Get-together
Get-together
Thug wannabes (army people)
Thug wannabes (army people)
Here are some pictures from the 'Free Leonard' march and rally. After going to my Washington precinct caucus yesterday (I'm a Democrat delegate?! eww...), I decided to stay true to my roots and go be an activist with the people at the annual Peltier gathering in Tacoma.
On the surface, it is said that we gathered to support Leonard's freedom and denounce his incarceration; but there was more to the gathering in the larger sense. A political prisoner, especially an indigenous one, is merely a symptom of a society locked in a military/oil/prison/auto-industrial-complex/police state; and indigenous people have been experiencing this imperialistic intrusion and invasion since "pre-history." We recognize the broken promises of the United 'Snakes' of America, and yesterday's movement was not a reactionary response, but instead a proactive networking and gathering: a solid stance of indigenous sovereignty that has never and will never fully be conquered, a force of strong family that is evolving while retaining the teachings of the distant past.
The first few pictures are of the march in the distance on Puyallup Ave and Puyallup ancestral (and reservation treaty right?) lands. They come into view, followed by a shiny and flashy police escort. Drumming, chanting, they are a small group, but packed as much spirit and power as any WTO/IMF/WB ever has, and without tear gas!
The group walked to the Courthouse in Tacoma, where a PA system was awaiting powerful speakers. Offerings were given and the ceremony opened with the Aztec dancers, the traditional bursting into the present.
Finally, you'll see a picture of people swarming around the Tacoma Dome. This was not the Peltier group! There was a huge public send-off for military youngsters getting hauled away to Iraq. On my way to the Peltier Rally, I took a wrong turn on my bike and saw the massive amounts of people going to the worship the altar of death that the Peltier folks are working to decolonize.
Enjoy! You can email me if you want more pictures or video from the march and rally!
Heavy Photo 12.Feb.2004 07:51

Anon

The photo that really spoke to me was the last one, of the crowd around the Tacoma Dome. All those people, pouring out of the dome onto the street and down the hill...like blood in a sacrificial fountain. Overhead, the god they sacrifice to flaps in the wind, eats their kha in the iron gray sky....

Thank you 16.Feb.2004 12:33

Barbara

I live in the Philadelpia, PA area and wished that I had not lived so far away so I could attend this march.... and now with your article and pictures (which are great) I can.

Thank you,
Barbara